coastal current along the coast of Alaska, driven by freshwater discharge, allowed a reasonable prediction of the trajectory of the oil released during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He represented the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in UNOLS for many years and led the UAF ship program. He has a very broad view of marine science, and he has seen extensive service on many panels, boards, and committees.

Jennifer Ruesink is an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Washington. Her areas of academic interest include community ecology, especially food-web interactions; species invasions; the conservation of biological diversity; and ecosystem functioning. She has studied the ecological impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the ecology of tidal communities in Prince William Sound, including work with National Academy of Sciences member Dr. Robert Paine.

Karl Turekian is the Silliman Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. He also is the director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and the director of the Center for the Study of Global Change. His research areas include marine geochemistry; atmospheric geochemistry of cosmogenic; radon daughter and man-made radionuclides; surficial and groundwater geochemistry of radionuclides; planetary degassing; geochronology based on uranium decay chain and radiocarbon of the Pleistocene; osmium isotope geochemistry; meteorite origins in relation to planetary systems; oceanic upwelling; and climate change. Dr. Turekian is an NAS member and has served on several NRC boards and committees including the Ocean Studies Board and the Committee on Global Change Research.

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